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Mark Tishman named executive director of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs

Mark Tishman has been named executive director of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), replacing Michelle O’Hara who left the position in November 2021.

Laurier Fire Department opens own training facility

In Ontario, Laurier Fire Department firefighters now have their own training facility right next to their fire department building.

Collingwood staff ask to accelerate purchases anticipating COVID delays

In a post-COVID economy plagued with shipping delays and production slow-downs, at least two big purchases in the town of Collingwood, Ontario will likely be pulled forward to this year because of how long it takes to order the equipment.

Poor water access limited early efforts to fight Lytton fire

In the first minutes of the Nohomin Creek, B.C., wildfire, poor access to water hampered efforts to fight the blaze that would go on to consume several homes on Lytton First Nations’ land, according to Indigenous leaders.
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Leadership Forum: The snake pit

Today, perhaps more than ever, fire service leaders must be highly skilled and capable at presenting reports and information in a public forum and in responding to questions in an efficient and effective manner. This is certainly true for fire service leaders who must present information, deliver presentations, and respond to questions from their local mayor and council. By Matthew Pegg » Read more...

The Kenow wildfire: a case study

Every fire is a battle, and with a changing climate it seems that each large wildfire has become a war within itself. Recent examples across Canada have highlighted the devastating effects of wildland interface fires, where a fire threatens or destroys an urbanized area. By Kirk Hughes » Read more...
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Fire chiefs today are responsible for how emergency services are provided to the community as well as finances, human resources, legal issues, marketing, compliance, vision casting, and succession planning. Many fire service leaders fail to understand that financial management is the lifeblood of attaining the resources needed to allow effective fireground operations.

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After the incident

From a cleaner cab to a cleaner firehall, the topic of disinfecting and purifying for better firefighter health has long been on the radar as a matter of importance to fire departments across North America. By Laura Aiken » Learn more

Trainer’s Corner: Listening is a lost art: time for a revival

Effective training officers are always looking for ways to improve their communication skills. They partake in instruction techniques courses, read piles of training material and network with other instructors. In this issue, I would like to turn your focus an ancient yet vital skill that can all but overlooked by many instructors these days. That skill is listening. By Ed Brouwer » Learn more

Building partnerships: Improving interoperability all around

Chris Harrow, director of fire services for the Town of Minto/Township of Wellington North in Ontario and interim CAO, talks to Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy about volunteer recruitment, retention, and engagement; the increased need for making business cases to council; his successes partnering with the paramedics and police, and the foundations for building partnerships that improve coordination all around. » Listen now

FireCon 2022

Sept. 8-10
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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Fire-Rescue Canada 2022

Sept. 11-14
Location: Ottawa
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FSWO Training Symposium

Oct. 20-23
Location: Belleville, Ont.
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